Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh (seventh from left) and Minister of Cults and Religion of Cambodia Him Chhem (sixth from left (Photo:VNA)
 
Hanoi (VNA) – Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh expressed his wish that Senior Minister and Minister of Cults and Religion of Cambodia Him Chhem would help strengthen solidarity and mutual understanding between the two countries’ peoples during a reception in Hanoi on May 8.

Binh hoped the Cambodian people will reap greater achievements in national development under the rule of King Norodom Sihamoni and the sound leadership of the Cambodian Senate, National Assembly and government in which the Cambodia People’s Party plays a crucial role.

He expressed his delight at the development of bilateral ties over the past years, evidenced by a State visit by Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong in February and trips to Vietnam by King Sihamoni and Prime Minister Hun Sen in December 2018.

The host thanked PM Hun Sen for attending the funeral of former President, General Le Duc Anh, adding that Vietnam – Cambodia friendship at all levels and people-to-people diplomacy in border areas are invaluable.

Speaking highly of the outcomes of cooperation between Vietnam’s Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs and Cambodian Ministry of Cults and Religion, especially in training for ethnic affairs personnel, Binh said both countries share cultural similarities and Buddhism plays an important role in their spiritual lives.

He asked the minister to assist with seeking measures to ensure the rights of overseas Vietnamese in Cambodia.

The Cambodian informed his host on earlier talks between him and Minister and Chairman of the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs Do Van Chiend, during which they discussed measures to improve the efficiency of joint work in ethnic affairs.

Chhem wished the Vietnamese government would assist the Cambodian Ministry of Cults and Religion in training ethnic affairs personnel, contributing to bilateral friendship and cooperation.-VNA